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A Spiritual Approach To Dealing With Adverse Drug Reactions

Toyota’s latest TV ad is funny. And telling.A photographer finds himself waist-deep in a Louisiana bayou. As he reaches down to balance himself on a log, he’s bitten by a large snake that quickly slithers away.Fearing that his life is in danger, he hops into his 4Runner (the real focus of the ad) and begins driving through the remote wilderness at breakneck speed until he sees a group of fishermen.…See More
May 18, 2015
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Is Matter Just ‘A Big Fat Lie?’

 “Why doesn’t your butt fall through the chair?”That may sound like a silly question. But if you were to take a stroll through the mind of astrophysicist Adam Frank – the man who asked the question – you might think otherwise.“Consider, for a moment, the chair your butt is resting on right now,” writes Frank in a recent column. “It's made of a squillion atoms right? And since it's a…See More
May 10, 2015
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Can We Be Scared Into Being Healthier?

Anyone over 40 likely remembers the TV ad.A man standing next to a kitchen stove picks up an egg.“This is your brain,” he says. “This is drugs,” he continues, pointing to the piping hot skillet in front of him.Then, after cracking the egg into the skillet, he says, “This is your brain on drugs.”…See More
May 4, 2015
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What It Really Means To Be Debt Free

It was a moment that can only be described as the grace of God: Reciting the Lord’s Prayer with a dozen friends during a lunchtime meeting and realizing, mid-prayer no less, that no one owes me a thing. Not money. Not a token of their appreciation. And most importantly, no apology.I’d repeated this prayer a thousand times before, but I can’t recall ever feeling so moved – startled, really – by so few words: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”…See More
Apr 27, 2015
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Is There A Cure For Allergies?

Check out the latest Google Trends and you’ll see that searches for all things “allergy” are peaking this month, just like they do every year about this time, marking the start of what The San Francisco Chronicle recently dubbed “sneazin’ season.” But despite all this searching, it would appear that we’re not getting any closer to finding a fix for a problem that continues to plague millions of people.Or are we?…See More
Apr 13, 2015
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In Search Of A Cure For Cancer

Until recently, any recovery from serious disease not involving medical intervention was usually dismissed as little more than “spontaneous remission,” generally defined as the unexpected disappearance of a particular ailment by inexplicable means. These days, however, there appears to be a growing willingness to re-examine such dramatic changes in an individual’s health as potential harbingers of how even “the emperor of all maladies,” as cancer is described by author Siddhartha Mukherjee,…See More
Apr 3, 2015
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Redefining The Mind-Body Connection

As trailblazing as it may seem, the field of mind-body medicine may actually be stuck in the mud, trying in vain to extract itself from the idea that matter is the be-all and end-all of existence.Even as it acknowledges decidedly non-matter-based factors like compassion, companionship and an absence of stress as essential to our health, the approach is still pretty much centered on the idea of a largely matter-based brain generating matter-based chemicals that help to improve a matter-based…See More
Mar 30, 2015
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You Can’t Google Intuition

During a familiar and oft-quoted exchange just before his crucifixion, Jesus is asked by Pontius Pilate that singular question that continues to reverberate some two thousand years later:“What is truth?”Apparently, the folks at Google are wondering the same thing.In an effort to bring us all closer to an…See More
Mar 23, 2015
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Conquering The Contagion of Fear

When the prophet Job declared, “the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me,” little did he know he was describing what folks today might call the nocebo effect, that little-known cousin (some say “evil twin”) of the placebo effect that causes people to experience adverse physical reactions because they’ve been convinced – or convinced themselves – that an otherwise inert pill or medical procedure could cause suffering.“Simply seeing another patient suffering pain can make a treatment hurt…See More
Mar 16, 2015
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It’s Not What We Say But What We See That Heals

Naomi Feil begins by caressing the face of her patient as a mother would her child – wiping away a tear, letting her know she’s not alone. Then she begins to sing quietly:“Jesus loves me, this I know / For the Bible tells me so.”Without missing a beat, Gladys, an elderly woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s who is virtually non-verbal, begins tapping her hand against the arm of her chair in perfect rhythm with the song. As the…See More
Mar 9, 2015
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In Love, There Are No ‘Shades Of Grey’

Despite the fact that nearly every critic on the planet gave it an emphatic thumbs-down (current Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 26%), “Fifty Shades of Grey” still managed to rake in more money over the Presidents Day weekend than any other movie in history. Go figure.While analyses and commentaries abound as to what drives the public’s seemingly insatiable appetite for the salacious, or the propriety…See More
Mar 2, 2015
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Can Better Health Be Bought?

There was a time during the late Middle Ages when anyone with enough cash on hand could appeal to the local church “pardoner” for the remission of their sins, in effect buying their way to heaven. The bigger the pardon (for instance, salvation from eternal damnation), the larger the donation, ensuring, if not a rosy afterlife, a well-funded Crusade and a first-rate cathedral.Times have changed. Or have they?…See More
Feb 23, 2015
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Defeating the Demon of Teen Suicide

At a recent meeting in Palo Alto, home to Stanford University and epicenter of Silicon Valley, a standing-room-only crowd gathered to figure out why, after years of effort, there still doesn’t seem to be any let up in the number of high school students choosing to take their own lives."I know there's an urge to blame," said school superintendent Glenn McGee in an article…See More
Feb 16, 2015
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A Healthy Reconnection With Our Spiritual Senses

A recent article in the Sacramento Bee gives a well-deserved shout-out to a local Eagle Scout who has carved out enough time from his high school studies to build a “sensory garden” designed to help people recoup cognitive and physical functions lost through injury.“Garlic and citrus plants invite patients to take a nibble, while celery gives off a prominent scent,” writes health reporter…See More
Feb 9, 2015
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The Universal Desire For Universal Health

You’d be hard-pressed these days, at least here in the U.S., to come up with a more divisive subject than universal health care, but probably just as hard-pressed to find a more universal desire than good health. Even if we can’t all agree on how it’s achieved, it’s still something we all want.The good news is that this desire in and of itself helps to foster good health decisions, including a sense of balance and moderation in our eating habits and exercise routines, even the attitudes we…See More
Feb 2, 2015
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The ‘Preposterous’ Proliferation of Preconditions

According to Ivan Oransky, a medical doctor and former editor of Reuters Health, everyone reading this column is suffering from the universally terminal condition called pre-death. This assumes, of course, that everyone reading this article is actually alive.Although said with tongue firmly planted in cheek to an audience of health groupies at the 2012 TEDMED conference in Washington, D.C., Oransky’s point is clear: The…See More
Jan 26, 2015

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A Spiritual Approach To Dealing With Adverse Drug Reactions

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 1:12pm 0 Comments

Toyota’s latest TV ad is funny. And telling.

A photographer finds himself waist-deep in a Louisiana bayou. As he reaches down to balance himself on a log, he’s bitten by a large snake that quickly slithers away.…

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Is Matter Just ‘A Big Fat Lie?’

Posted on May 10, 2015 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

 “Why doesn’t your butt fall through the chair?”

That may sound like a silly question. But if you were to take a stroll through the mind of astrophysicist Adam Frank – the man who asked the question – you might think otherwise.…

Continue

Can We Be Scared Into Being Healthier?

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 12:09pm 0 Comments

Anyone over 40 likely remembers the TV ad.

A man standing next to a kitchen stove picks up an egg.

“This is your brain,” he says. “This is drugs,” he continues, pointing to the…

Continue

What It Really Means To Be Debt Free

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 11:41am 0 Comments

It was a moment that can only be described as the grace of God: Reciting the Lord’s Prayer with a dozen friends during a lunchtime meeting and realizing, mid-prayer no less, that no one owes me a thing. Not money. Not a token of their appreciation. And most importantly, no apology.

I’d repeated this prayer a thousand times…

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