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

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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

Three Mental Exercises to Practice in the New Year

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The United States health care system has largely trained people to believe, "Someone will take care of me if I don't...or I can always just take a pill." But that paradigm is gradually changing and what better time than the new year to celebrate those changes as they advance. USA Today reported that America's health is improving, with Massachusetts listed as number four in the state rankings. But the article also emphasized that our health care system needs much more emphasis on the Continue Reading

Who’s in Charge of Your Mind?

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Guest blogger Kim Shippey has traveled widely as an international  journalist and is now a full-time writer and editor based in Boston. When Dr. Larry Dossey’s latest book One Mind landed on my desk recently, I was reminded that I first came to know him about 20 years ago when I spoke with him at a Mind-Body conference organized by Harvard Medical School and reviewed his book Healing Words:The Power of Prayer and The Practice of Medicine. Dossey is a medical internist and former chief of staff Continue Reading

The Benefits of “Thank You”

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Send just one letter of appreciation to someone who has never been properly thanked and the feel-good benefits could last up to a month. Write in a gratitude journal every day for 10 weeks and you will likely feel more optimistic about your life and visit your physician less often. If you're a manager and you take the time to say thank you to your employees you'll find they'll be motivated to work harder. That's according to research at Harvard Medical School ("In Praise of Gratitude"). In the Continue Reading

One Man’s Journey From Obesity and Diabetes to Health

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I recently met John, a trim, silver-haired, energetic man in his mid-sixties who was a guest at our church. In my remarks at our evening service for the community, I shared some of the ideas I had gained after attending a lifestyle medicine conference. John introduced himself to me afterwards and offered his story. We both feel our meeting wasn't a coincidence. A few years ago John was a self-described chocolate and Mountain Dew addict, ate the "American" diet of meat and potatoes, and was Continue Reading

Therapy Dogs Give Furry Loving Care

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Guest blogger Kim Shippey is a full-time writer and editor in Boston. He often writes in the company of Piper, who is a fluffy source of inspiration, and scratches away at lines that don’t work! In recognition of Veteran's Day, Kim's post points out that the U.S. Army currently has funding to study the ameliorating effects of service dogs on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Various programs across the United States provide trained service or therapeutic companion dogs to US Continue Reading

When Health Care Providers Take a Page From A Gardener’s Handbook

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"Would you like your doctor to be a mechanic or a gardener?" That's the question Dr. Donald B. Levy posed at a talk I attended in mid-October at the Kessler Library in Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. He addressed the almost entirely female audience, giving an introduction to integrative medicine and speaking on "Health Care for the Whole Person." "A mechanic fixes broken parts," he said, "and a gardener is interested in the whole plant. You have to till the soil, strengthen the Continue Reading

Dr. Eben Alexander Says It’s Time For Brain Science To Graduate From Kindergarten

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Anyone who openly declares that consciousness is not brain is going to get some attention.  Especially when it's from an established neurosurgeon whose knowledge of brain science includes 25 years of clinical practice, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women's and the Children's Hospitals and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Eben Alexander has collected his fair share of skeptics over the claims he's made in his New York Times bestseller, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Continue Reading

Labor Day And 9 to 5 Success

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The following is a post I published on this blog last year. Hope you enjoy "Take 2!" Today is Labor Day in the United States, a national holiday that has come to mean many things since its original inception in 1882. Celebrated on the first Monday in September, it is now often seen as the final day of the summer–the mark of a new school year and a day for picnics, family time, and relaxation. It was first celebrated as a way of honoring the achievements and contributions of American Continue Reading

Your Happiness Depends On This

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You can also read this blog on Huffington Post here. Is happiness preventive medicine? That probably depends on how you define it. If you think of it as fleeting and resulting from factors outside of yourself, like a new job or a Hawaiian vacation, well then it's probably not so beneficial. But if you see it as inherently within you--something you give, rather than get--then it's a different story. This might sound like a tall order or even blue-eyed optimism. But what if behind this attitude Continue Reading