What’s Your Spiritual History?

When signing up with a new doctor or dentist we’re usually asked to give our medical history, but no-one asks about our spiritual history. An oversight perhaps? Times are a-changing …… explains my guest blogger today. Bob Clark is media spokesperson for Christian Science in Florida, USA.

The University of Maryland’s Medical Center website tells us that, “a growing number of studies reveal that spirituality may play a bigger role in the healing process than the medical community previously thought.”

The Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog brought this to public attention last December in a fascinating article, Informed Patient: Bringing Spirituality to Medicine. The author, Laura Landro, highlights George Washington University’s Institute for Spirituality and Health, known as GWish, which is overseeing a national project testing  spiritual assessment tools used at nine academic medical centers in California.Continue Reading

Breakthrough Thinking

Breakthrough thinking can change your day and your world. I’m sharing today a blog post by my colleague in Florida, Bob Clark.

“Thomas Edison didn’t tinker with building a better kerosene lamp; he abandoned the use of fire–the only human-generated source of light since prehistoric times–and broke through to a new source. That was a quantum leap in creativity.”

That’s an excerpt from Deepak Chopra’s new book Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, which I’ve read just enough of to keep on my “Must Read” list. This is compelling reading from a recognized leader in the rapidly merging fields of spirituality and health care. Being a recognized expert in both fields gives Chopra an authoritative and fascinating perspective. Much of the book focuses on what Chopra calls, “the body’s infinite capacity for change and renewal”.Continue Reading

Our thoughts … our health

What do quantum physics, neurotheology, gratitude journals and health have in common? Find out in my guest post today by Bob Clark, media spokesperson for Christian Science in Florida, USA.

Michio Kaku is a quantum physicist and co-founder of “string field theory”. When he was 16 he built a particle accelerator in his mother’s garage, blowing out the electrical circuitry in the house and causing his mother to ask, “Why couldn’t I have a son who plays baseball?”His new book, Physics of the Future, spells out some amazing technological wonders that may await us in the not so distant future. How about accessing the internet through your contact lenses? Blink…and you’re online.Fascinating stuff with big implications in many areas, including health care. Kaku predicts that thought will be harnessed and become action with no physical body movement involved. Form a thought…and watch it become an action.He tells about paralyzed stroke victims equipped with special computer chips who are already able to manipulate computers and guide wheelchairs simply by thinking. “After a while … [the patients] were able to read email, write email, surf the Internet, play video games, guide wheelchairs — anything you can do on a computer, they can do as well, except they’re trapped inside a paralyzed body.”What implications does the power of thought, including religious thought, have for health care?Continue Reading

Senior Moments

“The number of Queenslanders suffering dementia is expected to increase more than four-fold in the next 40 years, sparking calls for the federal government to devote more funds to addressing the looming aged care issue”. This story ran in the Brisbane Times and around Australia on 13 October. It’s surprising to hear what is the number one alternative to medical treatment. My guest, Bob Clark, Media Representative for Christian Science in Florida, explains.

Living in the I live in an area with a lot of wonderful older people, “seniors” as they’re often called. I love seeing seniors walking on the beach, fishing off the piers, driving convertibles, playing golf and generally enjoying life in their later years. These are the true “senior moments”.

So it bothers me deeply when I read about Alzheimer’s disease threatening to demote seniors from their well-earned place and status to a lower level where their “senior-hood” can become a curse rather than a blessing.Continue Reading

Worshipping Prozac

It’s amazing how the views of society can change, whether the views held are on medication, health, religion or astronomy. My colleague in Florida, Bob Clark, shares some life-changing results of recent research into the placebo effect.

“Over the past quarter of a century, Americans have been gobbling up antidepressants like M&Ms. Now there are scientists claiming that these same antidepressants are about as effective as M&Ms. Oddly enough, the argument has all the zeal of a religious debate”.

So begins an article in yesterday’s St. Petersburg Times, titled “Not so sure when there’s a pill, there’s a way”.Continue Reading

Spiritual Wellness

There’s an unmistakable connection between spiritual knowledge and health – and it’s being recognised by academics, theologians and doctors. Check out this post by my counterpart in Florida, Bob Clark.

What is “spiritual wellness” exactly? The University of Miami’s Medical Wellness Center defines it this way:

“Spiritual Wellness is the quest for meaning, value, and purpose resulting in hope, joy, courage and gratitude. It encourages one to develop a personal faith and to seek God in all things. It is the discovery and incorporation of a personal set of values and beliefs that defines the person, places the individual in relation to the larger community, and engages a faith that promotes justice.”Continue Reading

The Power of Spirituality in Healing

Once again my colleague, Bob Clark, comments on a timely article about the ongoing transformation in the world of modern medicine. Enjoy this great guest blog from Florida, USA.

My friend Jeff Brumley, religion reporter for the Jacksonville Times Union, published a great article earlier this month titled, “Health-care providers and faithful find the power of spirituality in healing”.

Definitely worth reading. Here are some excerpts.

* A growing number of health-care institutions, from hospitals to medical schools, are adopting attitudes and programs integrating spirituality and medicine. Continue Reading

Breaking free of the traditional health model

I was prompted to consider if I have been accepting the traditional stereotypes in relation to health care when I read Bob Clark’s blog, which I’ve reposted here. Bob is the Christian Science Committee on Publication for the state of Florida in the USA. People in the medical profession are really starting to examine how patients are thinking about their health and wholeness and what effect spiritual practices such as focused prayer have on healthy outcomes. Thanks for this thought-provoking account, Bob!

I love it when stereotypes dissolve and reveal a new, more accurate view. Christian Scientists are sometimes stereotyped as being prohibited by their church from any interaction with the medical profession. Not true, but still a widely held perception.Continue Reading