A guest post written by Robert B. Clark, Committee on Publication for Florida
Michio Kaku is a quantum physicist and co-founder of “string field theory”. When he was 16 he built a particle accelerator in his mother’s garage, blowing out the electrical circuitry in the house and causing his mother to ask, “Why couldn’t I have a son who plays baseball?”
His new book, Physics of the Future, spells out some amazing technological wonders that may await us in the not so distant future. How about accessing the internet through your contact lenses? Blink…and you’re online.
Fascinating stuff with big implications in many areas, including health care. Kaku predicts that thought will be harnessed and become action with no physical body movement involved. Form a thought…and watch it become an action.
He tells about paralyzed stroke victims equipped with special computer chips who are already able to manipulate computers and guide wheelchairs simply by thinking. “After a while … [the patients] were able to read email, write email, surf the Internet, play video games, guide wheelchairs — anything you can do on a computer, they can do as well, except they’re trapped inside a paralyzed body.”
What implications does the power of thought, including religious thought, have for health care?
Already professors of psychology, such as Gail Ironson at the University of Miami, who studies HIV and religious belief, are finding that “spirituality predicts for better disease control.” And neuroscientists such as Dr. Lou Ritz at the University of Florida are offering classes in “neurotheology”, making clear connections between religious thought and health.
Another Florida researcher, Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, has conducted research with colleague, Robert A. Emmons, of the University of California, Davis, proving that people who keep gratitude journals are more optimistic, happier and have fewer physical problems.
Where is all of this headed? In a healthy direction for sure. The effect of thought…especially religious thought…on the body, the body’s movement, and overall physical health, is a rapidly growing field of study. It offers inexpensive, real life alternatives to the worn-out theory that overly expensive drug-based medicine is the only effective way to achieve and sustain health.
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