What is it about religion that keeps us healthy?

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The connection between spirituality and health is commonly discussed today. But the conversation is taking a new direction: the connection between religion and health. Now experts and everyday people are seeing evidence that religious involvement is beneficial in more ways than we knew. Health writer Eric Nelson explores this topic in his latest article. He […]

Zumba and baby boomer bones

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There’s a whole lotta shakin’ going on at the Cary YMCAs in North Carolina. it’s the Zumba classes. With reportedly nine classes at the Cary Y and eleven at the Kraft facility, Zumba, with its high intensity activity, is clearly a crowd pleaser. No surprise that most participants look to be twenty or thirty-somethings with […]

Our inalienable right to better health

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My colleague in California, columnist Eric Nelson, finds that, according to one famous health writer of the early 1900s, we have an inalienable right to better health. He discovers that Pulitzer Prize dramatist Tony Kushner admires this same writer. Nelson says: “During a recent radio interview to promote the west coast premier of his latest […]

Humor and man’s superiority to all that befalls him

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Does humor influence health? Consider: if you’re an average adult, you may laugh four times a day. If you’re a toddler, you laugh 300 times in the same day. Whatever the number of giggles, are toddlers and adults healthier for their laughter? Health blogger Bob Cummings reviews the evidence  and  writes: “Has the phrase “laughter […]

Women’s History Month: Mary Baker Eddy’s Commitment to Health

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As part of Women’s History Month, I think health seekers would be interested in the story of one pioneer in health and spirituality: Mary Baker Eddy. After several years testing her theory that health was essentially spiritual, and that our thinking influenced our bodily health, a physician urged her to write a book about her […]

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 […]

5 links between mindfulness and better health

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Ever notice how you’re forced to become more mindful of “mindfulness?” This very broad term, defined simply as the deliberate or trained attitude of attentiveness, seems ubiquitous these days. It may be overused, and thus in danger of becoming trite. Ultimately, you might think the term could become meaningless. But you’d be wrong. The practice […]

Broccoli: the alpha veggie on the health food hierarchy?

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So you never liked it as a kid. You wrinkled your nose at those green flowerets, maybe hid them in your napkin after pretending to chew them. You felt vindicated later when the first President Bush (not Dubya) petulantly protested that he’d never liked broccoli, he didn’t like it now, he was the President of […]