Selling Disease or Buying into Health?

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 spent the first part of his career working in Michigan as an advertising copywriter in the auto industry. He writes from his home in Natick, MA. A recent blog post on this site reported that the US spends $300 billion a year on pharmaceutical drugs, and that the United States and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world that permit the public Continue Reading

Offer Your Prayer for Mental Health Recovery

The following guest blog is written by Dawn-Marie Cornett, Christian Science practitioner and community-involved mom who lives and writes from her home in Framingham, MA. Today is National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery. NAMI, or the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has wonderful resources on how you can be involved in helping to foster more compassion and awareness of the issues surrounding mental illness, including a document they put together with FaithNet.org. NAMI and Continue Reading

Positive Results via Placebo

If you follow my blog regularly, you know I'm interested in the placebo effect. I came across an article and a video that I thought might further stir thoughtful discussion on the topic. As always, share your thoughts! Read: Don't Underestimate the Placebo Effect Watch: "In this episode of Good Life Project TV, author/entrepreneur, Jonathan Fields, interviews famed psychologist, behavioral-economist and bestselling author of Predictably Irrational and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty, Dan Continue Reading

A Smile a Minute

Here's one of my first blog entries that I wrote back in April. Enjoy the second round! Perhaps the simplest remedy for an ailment is right under your nose: A good laugh. “Safer than any big pharma pill-of-the-moment and free of harmful side effects, laughter is one of the easiest things you can do to promote healing and well-being,” writes Dr. Frank Lipman in his recent HuffPost blog Comic Relief: The Healing Power of Laughter. He goes on to say that in his 20-year medical practice patients 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

Your thought goes a long way

Today's News & Culture update: A look at the power of thought and prayer in treating cancer, as well as the ethical side of placebo treatment. Below are excerpts with links to read the full articles. These ideas/findings are significant and point to the changes taking place regarding healthcare. I think it's also heartening to take it a step beyond the human mind with the knowledge that there is one infinite, divine Mind controlling our thought and action and that "The human thought must Continue Reading

Clap health on, clap disease off

"If you're healthy and you know it clap your hands...." Are you clapping your hands every day? What if the whole world did that--would it be loud? I think the sound of people standing up for their health and the care of their health is getting louder. I thought I knew a lot about health and spirituality until I started blogging about it. I was pretty comfortable with the spirituality side. I've been a writer and journalist for prayer-based health care for a number of years, and as a Continue Reading

A prayer a day keeps the unnecessary costs away

"Even if we used the entire GNP to pay for our nation's healthcare needs it wouldn't be enough. We need another solution." This was shared by a doctor at a recent panel discussion I attended in Boston on the convergence of health and spirituality. He intimated that the solution could lie in more of a spiritual, rather than a drug-based solution to healthcare. That left me with the question: Where is all the money going? And isn't there another way? Continue Reading

The road I travel

Today's guest blog is written by Amy Richmond, blogger, full-time mom, and managing editor of Time4Thinkers.com. Her story points to the vital role consciousness and prayer plays in finding a more permanent solution to health. When my daughter was a toddler, we enrolled in mommy/daughter classes.  She loved them.  I did too.  She had fun.  I got sick.  Over and over again. I was warned by my friends that kids with runny noses in play groups spread viruses faster than bunnies have babies.  Continue Reading

A smile a minute

      Perhaps the simplest remedy for an ailment is right under your nose: A good laugh. " Safer than any big pharma pill-of-the-moment and free of harmful side effects, laughter is one of the easiest things you can do to promote healing and well-being," writes Dr. Frank Lipman in his recent HuffPost blog Comic Relief: The Healing Power of Laughter. He goes on to say that in his 20-year medical practice patients who tended to laugh a lot also tended to heal "better and faster Continue Reading