Wholly Healthy http://www.whollyhealthync.com spirituality and health Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:14:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Peak mental performance is closer than you think http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7514/peak-mental-performance-is-closer-than-you-think/ http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7514/peak-mental-performance-is-closer-than-you-think/#respond Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:14:34 +0000 http://www.whollyhealthync.com/?p=7514 Glum man, computer

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For peak mental performance, some believe that energy drinks and a full night’s sleep are necessary. Writer Bob Cummings quotes an tech employee and recent research on the subject. He builds on these findings, but comes to an even more liberating conclusion. Cummings first admits, however,

“Good habits and good decision-making are certainly helpful and advisable, but mental performance may not be so dependent on bodily conditions as we’ve typically believed.

“A recent study titled, ‘Placebo Sleep Affects Cognitive Function’ offers some insight on this. Conducted by Christina Draganich and Kristi Erdal in the Department of Psychology at Colorado College, it showed that better performance could be achieved without a good night’s sleep or an energy drink. Subjects that self-reported being sleep-deprived the night before were told that, based on a ‘new technique’ measuring things like brainwave frequency (the placebo), they had slept well. This group performed better on a test of auditory attention and speed of processing than those who were told they had not slept well.

“If performance can be enhanced by how we think about ourselves, there must be a better way to achieve that than through the deception of a placebo, which can’t be sustained.”

Peak mental performance can come through a spiritual, even prayerful approach, says Cummings, and he cites experience which has proven this to be true. If you’d like to learn more about your own possibilities for peak mental performance, Read More here.

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You get to keep it forever http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7506/you-get-to-keep-it-forever/ http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7506/you-get-to-keep-it-forever/#respond Tue, 06 Oct 2015 06:31:02 +0000 http://www.whollyhealthync.com/?p=7506 No grief or loss when you get to keep it forever @GLOWIMAGES.com
No grief or loss when you get to keep it forever @GLOWIMAGES.com

It’s easy for grief and loss over the Roseburg, Oregon tragedy to take over our thoughts these days. But people with spiritual insights see how all the good represented by those who were killed cannot die out of our experience. In fact, says writer Karla Hackney, you get to keep it forever. First, however, Hackney reports the latest research on grief and loss:

Recent findings are concluding… that grief is not a linear, finite project which can be summed up in a series of stages such as denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. In his January 10, 2015, NYTimes blog, “Getting grief right”, psychotherapist Patrick O’Malley, opines on the traditional grieving process. ‘THAT model is still deeply and rigidly embedded in our cultural consciousness and psychological language.’

“Based on his own loss of a loved one, O’Malley has dropped that model and now works with an approach which reveres the deep love shared with the deceased.”

About the passing of her mother Hackney shares a healing idea from a dear friend:

” ‘Karla, when I was praying about your mom, I saw that everything you love about her, you get to keep. Why? Because she didn’t create any of the qualities you love in her; she reflects those qualities. God is with you and all of His goodness and love expressed in your mom is yours forever. Just as the moon doesn’t create light on its own, but only reflects it, your mom doesn’t create love; she just reflects it. The love that she loved you with was actually God’s reflected love. God and that love is still enveloping you.’ ”

If you’d like to know more about healing feelings of grief and loss, Read More here.

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Hospital chief says humility key to better health care http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7490/hospital-chief-says-humility-key-to-better-health-care/ http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7490/hospital-chief-says-humility-key-to-better-health-care/#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2015 06:22:00 +0000 http://www.whollyhealthync.com/?p=7490 Humility is key to better health care @GLOWIMAGES.com Models used for illustrative purposes only
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Humility is key to better health care, concludes one prominent health provider. Writer Eric Nelson picks up on this theme and quotes her:

“ ‘None of us in science and medicine have the answers we tell you we have,” said Betsy Nabel, president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School at last year’s TEDMED conference, “because the universe of what we don’t know dwarfs that of what we do know.’

Nabel continues,

“ ‘ We’ve talked ourselves into thinking we know how the body works, how drugs treat disease, how a lot of things supposedly do a lot of other things,’ she said. ‘We’ve made stunning progress as a society gaining knowledge, but the simple truth is that what we actually have is not knowledge at all. What has disguised itself as knowledge is actually information that is going to morph or frame-shift into something else next week, next year, maybe 10 or 50 years.’

With all the technical and expensive medical approaches to health, Nelson believes humility is basic and necessary. He refers to successful spiritual healer Mary Baker Eddy as well, describing her this way:

‘One individual who was exceptionally good at keeping this tendency [of self-satisfaction] in check was Mary Baker Eddy, a pioneer in the field of health care who once wrote, ‘Humility is lens and prism to the understanding of Mind-healing.’ “

If you’d like to learn more about humility and better health, Read More here:

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Do you identify yourself as a disease? http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7479/do-you-identify-yourself-as-a-disease/ http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7479/do-you-identify-yourself-as-a-disease/#respond Tue, 29 Sep 2015 06:30:53 +0000 http://www.whollyhealthync.com/?p=7479
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Do you identify yourself as a disease? Let’s say you’ve had a difficult experience with disease, have recovered, and now speak of yourself constantly as a survivor. You might be startled—and not a bit happy—if someone asked you to stop limiting your self image and “come down from your cross.” But writer Eric Nelson has a different perspective and illustrates it with a story. Nelson writes:

“Harsh words, perhaps, especially when you consider that the one who said them is a longtime hospital chaplain, and the woman she was speaking to had just learned that a year after going through chemotherapy, she was still cancer-free.

“Within two minutes, she started retelling the story of her diagnosis and her surgery and her chemo, even though as her chaplain I saw her every day,” recounted Debra Jarvis, an ordained minister affectionately known as “The Irreverent Reverend,” during last year’s TEDMED conference. “She was using words like suffering, agony, struggle. And she ended her story with, ‘I felt crucified.’ 

“It was then that Jarvis asked this woman to do what would likely require more of her than anything she’d done before: ‘Get down off your cross.’ “

If you’d like to learn why this was good advice–and why you should identify yourself as essentially spiritual, not as diseased, then Read More here.

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Finding a mix of Father/Mother love for better health http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7453/finding-a-mix-of-fathermother-love-for-better-health/ http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7453/finding-a-mix-of-fathermother-love-for-better-health/#respond Thu, 24 Sep 2015 06:37:47 +0000 http://www.whollyhealthync.com/?p=7453 Happy relationships, no matter the gender @GLOWIMAGES.com Models used for illustrative purposes only
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Debates about gender and gender change can divide friends, family and even parent and child. Writer David L. Price has discovered a key to a better, healthier way to relate to others on this topic. He writes:

“In a time when studies show the health benefits of social bonds created by friends and family and the effect those bonds have on longevity (love makes us healthier and live better and longer), doesn’t the very act of allowing these debates to divide friends and family seem counterintuitive? At worst, it has the tendency to disconnect us from the very human networks that might be a catalyst for better health and longer, more fulfilling lives…

“So, what if we let go of gender roles when it comes to, say, parenting and instead look more at the myriad ways and the depth Love is expressed. The implication? Parenting no longer becomes about which parent does what, how many parents are involved or what gender they are, but instead how each parent is engaged in more effective ways to love…

“That’s just what a friend had to do years ago when his daughter informed him and his wife she had made the choice to live the rest of her life as a man. This child then later married and adopted a child. To overcome his initial disapproval of that choice and fear for his child’s future, my friend realized he needed to see things differently. So, he chose to see all the ways his child reflected both female and male qualities – qualities created by a God who is both Father and Mother. In this way he let go of assigning roles to gender and instead saw and felt the importance of the love his child expressed as a spouse and a parent. This wasn’t done overnight, but with slow, incremental steps he was able to change his perception and just love more.”

If you’d like to know more about this healing perspective on gender change, Read More here.

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Are artsy men healthier men? http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7468/are-artsy-men-healthier-men/ http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7468/are-artsy-men-healthier-men/#respond Tue, 22 Sep 2015 05:53:41 +0000 http://www.whollyhealthync.com/?p=7468
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by Cynthia P. Barnett

Published first in The Good Men Project, September 15, 2015

Are “artsy” men healthier men? I explored this topic in my latest post. An excerpt begins:

“Realizing the positive role arts can play, even without knowing exactly why it happens, the healthcare industry is quickly incorporating a wide variety of the arts into their treatment of patients, from dementia to cancer. Nearly half of American hospitals today have arts programs of some sort. Medical Centers at Duke, Indiana University and Cleveland have spent large sums to install visual arts along the walls in order to reduce pain, anxiety, stress and discomfort in their patients.

“Writing workshops are being set up in hospital and rehab centers because medical experts believe it’s therapeutic for patients to reflect on their experiences and record them. Music too is proving to be good medicine for many sufferers. According to neurologist Oliver Sacks, his Alzheimer’s patients showed improved cognition and reduced need for psychotropic drugs when they heard familiar songs, often remembering and singing the words along with the music.

“But perhaps the most intriguing story comes from ballet and its impact on men’s health. Diagnosed in 2006 with early onset Parkinson’s Disease, Ballet Master and Broadway performer Alex Tressor clearly faced a daunting challenge. How could he continue a brilliant dance career with increasing tremors, imbalance and impaired motor control?”

You might like to learn how Tressor dealt successfully with his disease through his art. As well, learn how the arts actually encourage better health and healing.  Read More here.

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5 Spiritual ways to value who you truly are http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7443/5-spiritual-ways-to-value-who-you-truly-are/ http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7443/5-spiritual-ways-to-value-who-you-truly-are/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2015 06:57:34 +0000 http://www.whollyhealthync.com/?p=7443
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Have you found the “authentic you?” Do you really value this authentic you? Writer Tony Lobl reflects on this question of finding oneself in an age of speed and superficiality. Lobl writes:

“When we hold up that selfie stick and pose for digital posterity, most of us know we’re capturing just the outer facade of a personality that is often a blend of happy and sad, of self-affirming and self-critical, that’s sometimes loving and at other times resentful.

“But is a sad, self-critical or resentful view of yourself any more “the authentic you” than that smiley facade? Or is there another “real deal” you to be uncovered beneath the debris of false positives and disempowering negatives?
In addressing these questions for myself over the past three decades, I have found the following ideas helpful…

“1 We can disentangle our thinking!
“We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace,” wrote Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love.”

If you’d like to learn more tips to find the “authentic you”  Read More here.



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Back to school—a healthy start for everyone http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7432/back-to-school-a-healthy-start-for-everyone/ http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7432/back-to-school-a-healthy-start-for-everyone/#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2015 06:13:21 +0000 http://www.whollyhealthync.com/?p=7432
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Now that most kids and teachers have gone back to school, the double threats of stress and fear of change may loom. Self-syndicated columnist Wendy Margolese writes about these threats. She shows how to keep them from spoiling any back to school experience. Margolese says:

“Students may be anxious about new schedules, new faces, and the demands of performing academically. Recent sad reports from Japan show that fear of high academic demands as well as being bullied is behind a rise in teen suicides as school starts up….

“Spirituality that’s grounded in an understanding of the unchanging, eternal and good nature of the divine and our relationship to a loving God, can provide anyone with a powerful mental tool to combat anxious stress. The Bible puts it this way: ‘For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.’ (Jer. 29:11)…

Margolese remembers her own back to school experience when first entering university. She was greatly helped by the words of a well-loved hymn which her mom had tucked into a pocket:

“In heavenly Love abiding,
No change my heart shall fear;
And safe is such confiding,
For nothing changes here.
The storm may roar without me,
My heart may low be laid;
But God is round about me,
And can I be dismayed?
(Anna L. Waring, Christian Science Hymnal)”

If you’d like to learn more about staving off the back to school blues, Read More here.

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Better grades don’t require abuse of prescription drugs http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7424/better-grades-dont-require-abuse-of-prescription-drugs/ http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7424/better-grades-dont-require-abuse-of-prescription-drugs/#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2015 06:12:53 +0000 http://www.whollyhealthync.com/?p=7424
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Abuse of prescription drugs is now rampant for a shocking reason: attaining better grades. Health experts, education officials and parents report our students are more and more subject to abuse of prescription drugs, and they are right to be worried. Writer Eric Nelson covers the topic and suggests a helpful, healing approach. He says:

The pressure to get good grades in order to be accepted by the best colleges and universities, combined with an often crushing load of extracurricular activities, has convinced an increasing number of high school students that the only way to stay ahead is through the use – and frequent abuse – of prescription drugs…

Some students will pretend to be suffering from classic symptoms of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) simply to be given a prescription that they will then use themselves or sell to others. Although these medications are designed to relax someone with this condition, those without the disorder find that it gives them the energy they need to study for hours on end and maintain focus during difficult tests…

Nelson suggests a spiritual approach where learning more about the laws of God, Good, can help. He quotes a bestselling writer on spirituality, Mary Baker Eddy, who says:

” ‘Business men and cultured scholars have found that [an understanding of these laws] enhances their endurance and mental powers, enlarges their perception of character, gives them acuteness and comprehensiveness and an ability to exceed their ordinary capacity. The human mind, imbued with this spiritual understanding, becomes more elastic, is capable of greater endurance, escapes somewhat from itself, and requires less repose. [It] develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.’ “ (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures)

Abuse of prescription drugs can be overcome by learning more of the laws of Love, God. If you’d like to learn about this Read more here.

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Happy Wholly Healthy Labor Day, America http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7414/happy-wholly-healthy-labor-day-america/ http://www.whollyhealthync.com/7414/happy-wholly-healthy-labor-day-america/#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2015 03:00:04 +0000 http://www.whollyhealthync.com/?p=7414 May your work be as fun as your play @GLOWIMAGES.com
May your work be as fun as your play @GLOWIMAGES.com


As I take Labor Day off from my usual work, I’m not going to post a regular blog for Tuesday.

But I will share with you the wonderful philosophy of my dear father-in-law from many years ago. He lived so that his work was as delightful as play, and his play was as purposeful as work.

Even in retirement, this dear man awoke with anticipation of what each day would bring—-a life of “perpetual Saturdays and Sundays” he would say with a grin. Pop was a wholly healthy man if there ever was one.

Happy Labor Day, America! And may your return to work be as rewarding and restful as your day off.

Warm regards,







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