Can a change of thought really cure an allergy?

Daniel Mocsari helps his three-week-old son Bodhi become used to mastiff Nalla. Research shows keeping pets reduces allergies to dogs and cats. Picture: Jane Dempster Source: The Australian

Just yesterday I read in an article in the online Medical Journal of Australia that “Allergic diseases increased dramatically throughout the 20th century, a change that has been described as an “epidemic”. And what’s more, “The incidence of allergic disease in Australia is one of the highest in the world.”

I’d have to agree that I often hear that there is a likelihood that we could be allergic to something in the environment, and lots of my friends have allergies and suffer a great deal. We’re told by the media that maybe we all need to be more careful about what we eat and to stay clear of some foods. So when last month I read in the Courier Mail that a new skin patch has been developed that can gradually treat an allergic reaction to peanuts, I was delighted to hear that a way forward and out of fear of allergic reaction to peanuts had emerged, at least.Continue Reading

Project Bright Idea: Perfect Schools, Perfect Pupils?

My guest post today is from Cynthia Barnett, Media Spokesperson for Christian Science in North Carolina. Her blog post has prompted me ask the question: Should we all consider ourselves gifted and talented?

Is it possible? Probably not. But wait—let’s look again. It may depend on our perspective.

An evaluation of a North Carolina school program illustrates that better academic performance results from how we perceive kids (Raleigh’s The News & Observer, March 26, by Jane Stancil). If we teach them as gifted and talented, they are likely to perform better even if originally categorized at-risk, according to a U.S. Department of Education report. This approach raised the number of kids identified as gifted from 15 to 20 percent in three years.Continue Reading

Contagion: Surely God Communicates Love, not Poison…

Part of my job as the Media and Legislative Liaison for Christian Science in Queensland is to keep abreast of legislation in this state, to ensure that Christian Scientists have a good understanding of the laws with regard to health care, and to represent Christian Science in meetings with government officials and lawmakers to ensure that spiritual care is accommodated when there are Bills under review.

I came across the Queensland Public Health Regulation 2005 reprint the other day, including the lists of notifiable and contagious conditions and the prescribed period for a child suspected of having the condition to be isolated.

For some reason, it’s been suggested that Christian Scientists don’t obey the law with regard to these requirements. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth.

Christian Scientists care about their neighbours and fellow community members and gladly abide by national laws or mandates regarding quarantines, vaccinations, and the like.

They also pray.Continue Reading

Safety and rationality in Christian Science health care. Is that an oxymoron?

Two meetings that I had last week with people who are very unfamiliar with the teachings of Christian Science made me think deeply about ‘where they were coming from’.

First I met with Darryn Nufer, Chief of Staff at The Morning Bulletin newspaper, Rockhampton. As I gave him a brief overview of Christian Science he became interested that there could possibly be a viable alternative to material methods of health care. Then I met with Jacquie Mackay, radio announcer on Capricornia Radio’s weekday Breakfast program. She was quite interested as I explained this religion, but with such a caring attitude she expressed concern that Christian Scientists weren’t having regular checkups with a doctor to ensure early detection of possibly fatal disease.Continue Reading

The abolition of slavery of ANY kind

Media Representative for Christian Science in NSW, Carey Arber, has linked the importance of the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on 2 December with the even more important abolition of bondage to sickness or immorality. Check out her post…..

Breaking health stats and chains by Carey Arber

Two current topics coincide as important to me, and to many others, no doubt.  The Health Minister released the flagship report this week on the health of the people in this State, New South Wales.  And, ‘International Day for the Abolition of Slavery ‘ is next week.

Do you see a relevant link?

I don’t mean that the government is putting us in chains; to the contrary.  I take my hat off to anyone who is trying to improve life for us, and working around the clock at that.Continue Reading

Christian Science and Healthy, Safe Children

I’m grateful to have grown up in an active and healthy Christian Science family. Prayer was always a first response and never a last resort. It was a durable fiber in the daily fabric of our lives. We experienced very little fear and were safe and healthy in a time when children did a lot more unsupervised roaming and playing.

We were taught by our parents, and more importantly by our own experience, that safety, health and healing are natural. The God we learned about in Sunday School was a God of love and healing, always available to everyone all the time. We were taught an easy way to remember this: “God, good, guides, guards and governs.”Continue Reading