Good Deeds Lead to Happiness and Health

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We all find ourselves with busy schedules, especially in the fast pace of  living here in Southern California, but I’ve found that simple acts of kindness can make someone’s day and brighten our own sense of well-being. My colleague Kate Johnson is interested in blogging about health and spirituality, and the importance of spiritual thinking in achieving and maintaining good health. Continue Reading

Creating the Right Environment for Health

Creating the Right Environment for Health

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by Don Ingwerson

Would practicing alternative medicine allow her to spend more time with patients and, thus, lead to an environment more conducive to healing?

This final question came from a young lawyer turned physician who, like me, attended a RAND Corporation meeting on alternative health care.Continue Reading

Reviewing the Spiritual Qualities of Health Care

Reviewing the Spiritual Qualities of Health Care

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by Don Ingwerson

The pursuit of health through various health care options continues to be a focus for the public. I thought this Christian Science Journal article by Lyle Young was especially helpful when thinking about how to pray for health care. Lyle is from Canada, with a different health-care system than the United States, but the spiritual qualities that are found within this health-care system are universal. Continue Reading

Top Apps Heal Mind and Body

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The popularity of mobile apps has continued to rise, as their usage has become increasingly prevalent across mobile devices. There are  even apps for monitoring your health, a priority interest for people in Southern California. Keith Wommack, a colleague of mine, has researched some of these beneficial apps. Check out this post that was first published in the Houston Chronicle on April 7, 2014.

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A Spiritual Discovery While Searching for Health

A Spiritual Discovery While Searching for Health

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A guest post written by Anne Stearns Condon from Thousand Oaks, California

The search to obtain and maintain good mental and physical health appears to be at an all-time high. Media in all its forms offers frequent reports on the pursuit of a solid health plan, although western medicine has held sway over non-traditional methods for decades. Continue Reading

Defeat Stress Through Healthy Thoughts

Defeat Stress Through Healthy Thoughts

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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

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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

Keep on Course Through Winds of Change

Keep on Course Through Winds of Change

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By Susan Spears from Costa Mesa, California

I found myself looking out the window yesterday and there is a tree at the level of our third floor window that was vigorously dancing in the wind – an unusual occurrence here in Southern California. It was beautiful to watch – with flashes of silver from the undersides of the leaves and hints of red from the new growth.Continue Reading