Soul searching or data mining; distinctive pathways to health

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Data mining: simply put, it includes the gathering and analysis of large amounts of data to predict or forecast future events, and it's increasingly being used in the field of healthcare. Will all the monitoring and mining of our bodies improve our health? Or should we be mining the "soulful self" as well, as writer Steven Salt suggests?  I hope you enjoy the following excerpt, and click through to read his entire article, which originally appeared in Toledo Health and Values.   What do you Continue Reading

Healthwise: Depressed? You are not a label

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Drug company ads often portray women as particularly susceptible to being depressed.  Are we to agree with that label?  Writer Valerie Minard suggests ways we can challenge the images portrayed in media and advertising by exploring our spiritual nature.  I hope you enjoy the following excerpt, and click through to read the entire article, originally appearing in myCentralJersey.com  “Abilify can break the ball and chain and ‘aid in symptom’ improvement for women who suffer from depression.” Continue Reading

Do our graduates know how to love?

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This month, high schools around the country are launching graduates forward.  Are adolescents prepared with the tools they'll need? And have we considered their spiritual development?  In today's blog, writer Eric Nelson notes how lessons in love may provide some of the most important skills teens will need in their journey ahead. I hope you'll click through and read his entire article, originally written for Community Digital News.   There are plenty of things we should be teaching children Continue Reading

African ingenuity in life and health

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In today's post, my colleague Linda Ross takes inspiration from African art in sharing a story of healing prayer from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Please enjoy this excerpt, and click through to read the entire article which appeared recently in the Norwalk Patch. I am a great admirer of African ingenuity. On the wall next to my desk is a small example – an illustration of a lovely woman at work grinding meal. The work of art is entirely made of butterfly wings. It’s not only the Continue Reading

Mindfulness: What’s In a Name?

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The practice of mindfulness has gained widespread acceptance and popularity. But what "mind" is it we're talking about? That's a question today's guest writer Richard Geiger asks, noting that a Divine Mind-centered approach to wellbeing may bring blessings not only for ourselves but those around us. I hope you enjoy this excerpt, and click through to read the entire article originally appearing in the Arlington Patch.  The mindfulness “tent” has become large and diverse, and distinctions are Continue Reading

Can we be scared into being healthier?

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Can fear be an effective motivator for changing unhealthy habits or behavior.  In today's post, writer Eric Nelson describes a different approach that may bring healthier and more lasting benefits. I hope you'll click on the link below to enjoy his entire article from Communities Digital News.    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 Continue Reading

Students, Exams And Mental Health

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 Final exams are on the minds of many students as we approach the end of the academic year. Is there a way to approach exams without worry and stress? Writer Moji Solanke thinks so.   I hope you enjoy this excerpt from her article in The Guardian, and click through to read it in its entirety.   About this period in many parts of the world most students are either preparing for or taking exams. Some may have already finished exams and are awaiting the result. In Nigeria specifically, final Continue Reading

Good Faith

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Have you ever experienced a U-turn in your thinking from a premise you thought was true? Today's post shares just such an experience with a welcome and lasting result.  Please enjoy the excerpt below as it was originally written by colleague, Russ Gerber of Massachusetts for Psychology Today. I still recall the moment decades ago that my faith made a U-turn. It wasn’t so much a carefully thought-through turnaround as it was a desperate one. And it marked the end of weeks of periodic migraine Continue Reading

Being a Good Samaritan to the mentally ill and their families

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Feelings of isolation are among the struggles facing those suffering from mental illness. In today's post, writer Tim Mitchinson suggests ways to offer a helping hand. I hope you enjoy this excerpt and click through to read the entire article originally appearing in the Peoria Journal.  Most of the readers of the Peoria Journal-Star can recall the parable of the Good Samaritan. Finding a man who was attacked by thieves and left to die, this Samaritan stopped and helped the abandoned victim. Continue Reading

Owning our Health: Rediscovering the joy of exercise

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Why do you exercise?  For fun?  For health?   Anna Bownesspark thinks differently about the exercise/health debate and shares her perspective in today's post.  Below is an excerpt with a link to read the entire article as it was originally published in The Vancouver Sun. Albert Einstein loved to ride his bike. It’s been said that he claimed he was on his bike when he thought of the ground-breaking theory of relativity. We don’t know whether this is true or not. But one thing that seems to Continue Reading