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

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

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

Staying Healthy–Not a High Wire Act

Today's guest post is from my friend Steven Salt's blog, Healthy Salt, Pinch of Spirit. Like me, Steve's blogs explore the dynamic relationship between health, spirituality, and consciousness. Enjoy! And share your comments below. Ever imagine walking a tightrope high off the ground with no net to catch you?  One false move and… That’s many people’s take on staying healthy.  The approach to wellness can be full of angst for some who feel it’s all about walking a fine line.  Advertisements and Continue Reading

Spirituality in a teenager’s galaxy

From guest-blogger Dawn-Marie Cornett: Being the mom of three teens, there are days I wish the idyllic life portrayed by June Cleaver and her TV family were the truth of today. But it's just not! From pop-culture TV shows like "Teen Mom" to scholarly works on the subject like "Promoting the Health of Adolescents : New Directions for the Twenty-first Century"  (Susan G. Millstein, Elena O. Nightingale, Editor, Anne C. Petersen, Editor), society is overflowing with public opinions, religious 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

Drop everything and play!

Who knew that 20 minutes of kicking the soccer ball around with mom would produce that much happiness for my fifth-grader? No more complaining that this was the most boring, worst day ever and there was "never anything to do." No more frustration on my part either. I've learned that being an uber-busy, multitasking, working mom sends my kids one strong message. My most prized asset? Time. So when I prayed about how to push through the negative frustration that sometimes bubbles up in our home, Continue Reading