Defeat Stress Through Healthy Thoughts

Defeat Stress Through Healthy Thoughts

by Don Ingwerson Stress. We would all be hard pressed (pun intended) to find someone who hasn’t had to deal with a stressful situation. And we’ve all heard from researchers and clinicians that the fight-or-flight response commonly attributed to stress affects health. How? It turns off the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms, which help maintain heart health, fight cancer and infection, and hold off symptoms of aging. Continue Reading

Chairman Gives Update on Chaplaincy Conference

Chairman Gives Update on Chaplaincy Conference

by Don Ingwerson Two weeks ago I shared with you tweets that were being sent during a week-long conference in New York City on chaplaincy and spiritual care research. These tweets showed in real time the excitement and commitment attendees had to the idea of bringing spirituality into health care. I want to share with you the thoughts that George Hanzo, conference chairman, gave about this important conference: Continue Reading

Do You Find it Hard to Discuss Spirituality?

Do You Find it Hard to Discuss Spirituality?

by Don Ingwerson Have you ever thought about sharing your views about spirituality with someone for the first time? When I think about it, there are actually many opportunities to discuss God and prayer in day-to-day encounters, but many times these opportunities are passed by. According to articles written by physicians, it seems they too have difficulty discussing spiritual beliefs, even though about three-fourths of all patients think Continue Reading

Chaplaincy Conference Brings New Insights to Spiritual Healing

Chaplaincy Conference Brings New Insights to Spiritual Healing

by Don Ingwerson Spirituality in health care has become the hot topic, which is wonderful because my colleagues and I have been working to correct the imposition - through blogging - in public thought that health is the domain of matter. This week an exciting conference is being held in New York and sponsored by HealthCare Chaplaincy Network on the topic, "Caring for the Human Spirit." This conference started Monday and is ending today, and Continue Reading

What’s Your Age Got To Do With It?

What's Age Got To Do With It?

by Don Ingwerson Have you ever woken feeling older than the day before and noticing a slow erosion of physical freedoms? But have you also had moments when you realized that it was just a mindset that you could move through to higher ground? A certain frame of mind and an understanding in a higher power have allowed me to work past these messages of apparent physical limitation, to hear ideas that encourage me to keep growing. For me, Continue Reading

Are You Interested in Answers About the March 31st Deadline?

Are You Interested in Answers About the March 31st Deadline?

by Don Ingwerson The March 31st deadline is fast approaching and I wanted to share with you an article from the Los Angeles Times that you may find helpful. Keep in mind that every day new information is coming out about this health care issue, so I will continue to update you as often as possible! Click here to read the article: Obamacare countdown: What you need to know about the March 31 deadline Continue Reading

A Key Ingredient to Handling Stress: Lean on the Divine

A Key Ingredient to Handling Stress: Lean on the Divine

by Don Ingwerson I live in an area of the country where a lot of families have lost their homes and businesses because of economic conditions. Kids have changed schools and friends. Moms and dads have new pressures – many outside their control. The deeper I look into my community, region, and nation, the more I observe new and sometimes threatening situations that are developing: reduced school funding, public services not being provided, and Continue Reading

Patient Control of Health Reduces Fear, Overtreatment

Patient Control of Health Reduces Fear, Overtreatment

by Don Ingwerson Medical overtreatment is leading us to “be sicker and poorer” according to Shannon Brownlee, acting director of the health policy program at the New America Foundation. Brownlee describes the medical scenario that leads her to this conclusion as: “Sometimes the test leads you down a path, a therapeutic cascade, where you start to tumble downstream to more and more testing, and more and more invasive testing, and possibly even Continue Reading

Helping Others Boosts Health

Helping Others Boosts Health

by Don Ingwerson Life coach Cheryl Hunter challenges her listeners to help others in order to help themselves. Her counsel suggests that by helping others you get rid of those purposeless, empty, and unfulfilling feelings that can affect health. She is not alone in that counsel; helping others can take countless forms and come from many motivations. This is not new counsel. In the Bible we read similar statements: “Freely you have received, Continue Reading