Spiritual Care: Cracking Mental Health’s “Incurable” Barrier

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The state of Virginia is mobilizing to improve the delivery of mental health services. At the same time, and much more quietly, a new model of treatment is emerging among the field's professional ranks—the model of spiritual care. Consider: Before the year 2000, spiritual care was not generally considered proven or scientific, though a few studies suggested some potential. Since 2000, a surge of major studies have concluded that some form of spiritual care is definitely an effective Continue Reading

Taking Charge of Your Own Health: Monitor Body or Thought?

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What do you get when you strap 700 health app monitors to your body? If you're Chris Dancy of Denver, Colorado, you get the title “Most Quantified Human” and you now know what your body is doing--your heart rate, blood pressure, etc. On any given day, Dancy wears and monitors dozens of body devices, from a Pebble smartwatch and Google Glass to a BodyMedia armband and Blue heart rate monitor. He eats, drinks, sleeps, and so on, according to the data. He rejoices in taking charge of his Continue Reading

Re-thinking Science?

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We thought we knew what “science” meant. Until 2013, that is. Last year, “science” was the word with the greatest increase in lookups in Merriam-Webster.com—a 176% increase over 2012, in fact. And it remained a top lookup throughout 2013. It's not a new word, so why the sudden interest? Perhaps it's because, as Merriam-Webster's Editor-at-Large, Peter Sokolowski suggests, “A wide variety of discussions centered on science this year, from climate change to educational policy. We saw heated Continue Reading

Dying to Be Me (Cancer Defeated), Health Author Anita Moorjani Speaks to Massachusetts’ Ingrid Peschke

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 Is there truly an alternative to chemotherapy?  Is there hope even when chemotherapy can't cure?  Yet another example of "yes" comes from health author Anita Moorjani in her new book, "Dying to Be Me," a New York Times best seller.  In a conversation with my health-colleague Ingrid Peschke in Massachusetts, Ms. Moorjani describes a clear change in her thinking that led to complete cure.  I thought Ms. Moorjani's descriptions would add greatly to our conversation here in Virginia about finding a Continue Reading

Even in Texas, Ridiculously Small Steps Lead to Health–Keith Wommack.com

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Like everyone, we in Virginia are looking for steps to health that are do-able small steps.  Nationally syndicated and Texas-based Keith Wommack suggests how "Ridiculously Small Steps Lead to a Healthier Lifestyle."  My colleague's article first appeared on March 18, 2014 at KeithWommack.com. Here is an excerpt form Keith's article, and there's a link below to the full text. "Today, living a healthier lifestyle is at the top of many wish lists. The good news is that eating fresh foods, Continue Reading

Cancer Researcher Kelly Turner Redefines Remission: California’s Eric Nelson Reports

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I'm fascinated with my colleague Eric Nelson's March 17 post in his Consciousness and Health blog.  It raises a question for a good Virginia health conversation:  Should medical science's "knowns" about cancer remission be redefined to give us better health treatment?  Nelson interviews PhD researcher Kelly Turner, author of  the new book, "Radical Remission:  Surviving Cancer Against All Odds."  Please enjoy this thought-provoking piece--there's a link to the full article below. It all began Continue Reading