Two Women Who Left Their Mark on Health Care

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Where would we be today without the examples of women whose stories have been weaved into the fabric of our nation’s history? It’s a question The National Women’s History Project is asking us to consider in celebration of Women’s History Month. Two women stand out, both for their contributions to the field of healthcare and their extraordinary accomplishments in the time they lived. Neither let her corset constrict her calling to help people in great need. Both entered battlefields of Continue Reading

Mental Health and the Healing Power of Community

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Today’s guest blog is by Boston-based writer, Kim Shippey, whose commentary and book reviews offer a helpful perspective on the intersection of health with spirituality, culture, and faith: The National Institute of Mental Health tells us that 18.6 percent of American adults have a diagnosable mental illness. That’s almost one fifth of the population. So, although many people may feel alone in their mental confusion, they’re not. This report was at the heart of an article by author and public Continue Reading

How Do You Know What’s True About Your Health?

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  A simple perusal of the day’s headlines points to a great stir in the health industry. With conflicting reports and opinions, the truth isn’t so black and white when it comes to many global issues, perhaps most importantly our health. For instance, now even the experts are questioning the routine removal of wisdom teeth and, after 40 years of government warnings, we’re celebrating the comeback of the egg as no longer a devil in white clothing. Or will these conclusions change in Continue Reading

The War on Sleep: A Holy Way to Get the “Sweetest” Rest

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Today's guest blog is by Boston-based writer, Kim Shippey, whose book reviews offer a helpful perspective on the intersection of health with spirituality, culture, and faith. It’s a disturbing thought that one of the fiercest—though not unexpected—causes of poor health in the United States is lack of health-restoring sleep. This was highlighted a few months ago in a well-researched report by Benjamin Dueholm titled, “The war against rest” (The Christian Century, November 17, 2014). The Continue Reading

How to Slay the Inner Dragons

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You can read and share this on Huffington Post here. My family has a holiday tradition of seeing the latest Hobbit films in 3D IMAX. We are all anticipating the release of the third and final film, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” on December 17th. The second movie left off on a cliffhanger with Smaug, the dragon voiced by the amazing Benedict Cumberbatch, abandoning his vast treasure on the Lonely Mountain in a great puff of wrath after hobbit hero, Bilbo Baggins, played by the Continue Reading

Looking for an Angel?

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There are times when we all need an angel. Even for the not particularly religious, an angel can come in very handy. My brother and I recently discussed our concept of angels. We both agreed that they aren't people wearing white robes with fluttering wings. You could say my study of Christian Science has brought angels down to earth. I think of them as good and pure ideas that come in quiet moments or even in loud, busy moments. They're always there, we just have to listen. They guide Continue Reading

Empathy’s Vital Connection to Your Health

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Scrolling through my Facebook feed I see a mix of posts ranging from the celebratory (weddings, milestones with children, anniversaries, etc.) to the more melancholic posts reaching out for empathy and compassion from the friend group. Here's a sampling: a friend receives an outpouring of heartfelt messages after her husband's passing; another friend is applauded on her personal transformation and encouraged to keep up her new healthy lifestyle; another receives encouragement in her job Continue Reading

Make Room for the Sacred

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By guest blogger Kim Shippey: Houston journalist Kate Murphy recently remarked that people’s biggest complaint is that they are overscheduled, overcommitted, and overextended. Ask people at a social gathering how they are, and the stock answer is “super busy,” “crazy busy,” or “insanely busy.” Nobody is just “fine” anymore (The New York Times, July 27, 2014). Roughly translated: people are stressed out. Since stress accounts for many doctor visits, we'd do well to find quiet moments for Continue Reading

Is Your Health Care on a Spiritual Path?

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This blog is also published on Huffington Post's HEALTHY LIVING PAGE. For many, health care is no longer just about caring for their body. People are waking up to what they can do to contribute to their health on a mental level. That often means considering the healthy impact of their spiritual practice, whether that involves regular visits to the temple, the mosque, a meditation room, or church. There’s now plenty of research to support these findings. This mindful vs. physical approach is Continue Reading

Wish You Could Take a Beautiful Selfie? Here’s How…

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Today's post is by guest blogger Estey Silva. Her blog originally appeared on BuzzFeed.  Do you like taking selfies? I do. A quick selfie captures a moment or feeling beautifully so I can remember it. The only problem?  I look at my photos later and think, “Ugh, that’s not a good angle for me” or “My face looked so puffy that day!” I leap into judging myself - often harshly. While it’s tempting to download and put to use a handful of photo-enhancing apps before uploading my photos to Continue Reading