Results from health care chaplaincy conference

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Recently on my April 1 blog I told you about a groundbreaking conference to be held in New York this month: one that reported research on the effectiveness of spiritual care in health care settings. Sponsored by a health care chaplaincy association, the event featured projects largely funded by the Templeton Foundation. Here is one […]

Healthcare Chaplaincy: benefits of spiritual care

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Finally, the subject of healthcare chaplaincy and its positive effects on patients is in the news. The first conference on this subject is now being held in New York City and many, like me, are eagerly awaiting the findings. Will they confirm what many other experts and patients are finding  to be true? that spirituality […]

Empathy, Smartphones: Health Care of the Future?

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There’s a new focus on empathy in health care research from the spiritual point of view. There’s also a new focus on the latest gadgetry to monitor our bodily symptoms, from an opposite material or physical point of view. Which approach will win points with patients like you and me? Ohio health writer Steve Salt […]

Pioneers in Integrative Medicine

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Do you know any health care pioneers? Many of them live right here in the Triangle of North Carolina: Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Duke University’s medical complex in Durham is especially renowned for its Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health as well as its Center for Integrative Medicine. Minnesota writer Joel Magnes found one […]

Needed: New ways to relieve pain

Needed: New ways to relieve pain

Will we ever be able to safely relieve pain, even eliminate it altogether? This may seem like a far-off goal, but I believe local NC medical centers such as Duke, WakeMed, UNC Hospitals, and Rex Healthcare are working on it. So I was intrigued with Washington State health writer Bill Scott’s findings on the subject, […]

From Duke to Princeton: 5 reasons for spiritual counselors in medical centers

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I met a woman who was modest and quiet in her professional demeanor, so much so that, sadly, I’ve forgotten her name. But it was her meekness combined with a mighty spirituality that I admired. As social worker and counselor to patients at one Duke medical center, this woman offered compassion and practical ideas for […]

This Movember, will men’s health move to a more spiritual basis?

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Move over November—-it’s now MOVember, the month dedicated to men’s health. You’ll see “Mo Bros” everywhere these days: the ones whose new moustaches show their support for “Moustache November” and the fundraising efforts going on from North Carolina and the USA to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and other places.  Their fuzzy faces and cheery camaraderie […]

Treating anxiety and depression: what’s faith got to do with it?

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(Photo @GLOWIMAGES.com Models used for illustrative purposes only) My colleague Bill Scott writes for Blogcritics from Washington State, and one of his recent topics was depression. Scott quotes prominent physicians and refers also to the famous 60 Minutes episode that exploded some of the most cherished assumptions in the medical community. I liked his personal […]

A novel idea improves health

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Would you like another drug-free approach to health? One source might be an underrated item on your bedside table—a book! My latest monthly column on health and spirituality describes a kind of medicine that’s affordable, accessible and very easy to swallow. I hope you enjoy it. Here’s an excerpt: “In their new book The Novel […]

Handmade health

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One artful way to better health appears to be participation in crafting hobbies, now making a big comeback since the macramé 1960’s. Whether woodworking, ceramics, weaving or whatever, Americans are finding that making things themselves is satisfying. It’s now considered therapeutic as well, says a Parade Magazine article. A “meditative hobby” such as knitting was […]