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

Spiritual Healing: Alive and Well in the World

Today’s guest blog is written by Kim Shippey, avid reader of books and articles on spirituality, and Boston-based writer and editor. You can also read his columns in the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly print and online publication. Note to readers: A complete review of this book will appear in the September 24 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel. A recent book by Frederick Gaiser, Healing in the Bible (Baker Academic, paperback), opens up many of the areas discussed in these blogs, Continue Reading

Going for Gold

The Olympic Games are as much about winning medals and giving the performance of a lifetime as they are about the ability to stay calm under pressure. There are more than a few Olympic athletes this year who have captured the hearts of audiences with a special sparkle. One of the youngest swimmers on the U.S. Olympic team is 17-year old, 6-foot-1 Missy Franklin, who's been called "Olympics' All-American Sweetheart." Her incredible strength and stamina in the pool, her constant smile and energy, Continue Reading

3 Things for Your Health Today

For today's news and culture update, here are 3 ways to get you thinking more about your health: 1. Take a vacation! Getting away, unplugging...it can all add up to better concentration, less stress, and other  health implications. But what does this really mean? Since we can't take vacations all the time, I found myself appreciating the daily moments I take to be alone with God in prayer--unplugged and listening. Those moments and hours can feel just as good or better than a vacation. 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

The price of forgiveness

How much does forgiveness cost? That's what popped into my thoughts as I paced the isles of our local Staples store. All I could think about was what my husband had just confessed. "You WHAT? You DIDN"T!" Was my first reaction to the news that he'd borrowed (without asking)--and then lost--my Bose quiet comfort headphones (a gift from my husband), along with my iPod (with a lot of personal stuff on it), for a recent business trip. How could he leave them out of his sight at the airport 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

Mindful of our future

This past week I attended a talk by Dr. Howard Gardner at Framingham State College. His comments keyed off of his latest book, "Five Minds for the Future" in which he describes the types of "minds" needed for forward progress and innovation. Dr. Gardner is author to over 20 books and a professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education. His audience was largely educators, which I was interested in since my children's elementary school adopted his famous theory of teaching to "multiple Continue Reading