Turning to God for Health Care

120-RV634L6A guest post written by Blake Windal from Rancho Santa Margarita, California

We hear a lot these days about alternative forms of health care including placebo, hypnotic, herbal, aromatic and musical therapies, mind-body connection cures, and many others. Like their primary medical health care counterparts, these therapeutics lack a spiritual component they rely upon for their results.Continue Reading

Medical Overtreatment Needs to Change – But Will It?

Medical Overtreatment Needs to Change - But Will It?

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by Don Ingwerson

There is much in the news about medical over diagnoses and overtreatment, but where is this information going to lead us? Elizabeth Loder, BMJ research editor, reported that the general consensus at an Avoiding Avoidable Care conference was, “US healthcare costs are unsustainable and a large amount of money is being wasted on unnecessary treatment.” I find it heartening that one of the goals of this conference was to figure out what is behind unnecessary health care treatments.

Along with this goal, the participants found that defensive medicine, inappropriate patient expectations, and fee-for-service payments had to be addressed in order to change the nature of an unrealistic and excessive-treatment healthcare system. They identified four categories to focus on:

–Affordability (Financially sustainable)

–Accountability (Patient ownership)

–Partnerships (Medical, patient, spiritual)

–Expectations (reasonable)

It seems to me that there is an underlying optimistic desire for change, despite some negative comments at the conference concerning the need for follow-through. This ties in really well with the recommendations in another article in American Medical News that I read about over-prescribing of drugs. Dr.Fugh-Berman, director of PharmedOut stated, “We really need to bring more rationality to prescribing.”

This rationality works hand in hand with the idea of accountability, which has been one of my greatest concerns. I feel that everyone should take ownership of his or her health. For me, I take control of my health by starting with prayer.

Deep prayer has enabled me to be accountable for much more than my body; it has helped with financial, intellectual, emotional, and educational issues. And my experience has been that health is best accomplished when all aspects of my life are kept in balance. I find that this is easier when I start from a spiritual perspective that balance is God-given, not something I have to engineer.

The idea of taking control of your body and not succumbing to overtreatment and over diagnosis is really changing the way many view healthcare. Professor H. G. Welch wrapped up what he has found in medical overtreatment/diagnosis by saying, “For years now, people have been encouraged to look to medical care as the way to make them healthy. But that’s your job — you can’t contract that out. Doctors might be able to help, but so might an author of a good cookbook, a personal trainer, a cleric, or a good friend. We would all be better off if the medical system got a little closer to its original mission of helping sick patients, and let the healthy be.”

But for me, ‘taking control’ means more than personal accountability; it’s tied to my God-given nature.

Article first published in Blogcritics and published June 18, 2012.

Christian Science and its Effect on the First Franchise

by Don Ingwerson

This video is a light-hearted reminder that Christian Science, when shared and practiced, brings not only healing but also inspiration and growth to all who are touched by it!

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Can I See God’s Qualities in Everyone?

Can I See God's Qualities in Everyone?

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A guest post written by Ann Botts from Redlands, California

A dear friend recently asked me to read Cutting For Stone by Abraham Yoghese. She said that it would not be a book that I would select, but for her, would I read it? As it was about the life and experiences of a doctor, she was right. I would never have chosen that book.

But, I reasoned, she is a retired nurse and a former Catholic nun who has given her life to nursing and caring for others. She had spent her life watching people in pain and suffering. In her retirement years, she still offers loving help, counseling, and encouragement in our community. She gives hope to all and that is what I love most about her. A lot of her time is spent helping people communicate with their doctors. So, of course, I knew why the book would interest her.

Here’s an example of her compassion. We had stopped in to buy yarn at a knitting shop and found the owner in tears. When we asked if we could help, the woman told us that her doctor had just called and told her that she had a very serious cancer, to drop everything, and come to his office with her family. “I am dying!” the woman exclaimed. Immediately, my friend put her arms around her, and said that she must dry up her tears because there is always hope. I was silently praying and found myself saying with authority, “You must know, right now, that you are God’s precious child and He will lead you to the right decisions. He can and will be caring for you!” Her eyes locked on mine and I knew she had heard me. When we left, she tightly hugged us both and thanked us for helping her through those fear-filled moments.

In the car, my friend and I decided that we were quite a pair – a medically trained nurse and a Christian Scientist – trying to help as best we could.

So back to the book, that I had given up on so many times. This dear friend continued to say to me – keep going, keep reading. So to humor my friend I did – skimming some of the pages, I confess. With any book or movie that I read or watch, I try to practice Christian Science to see where thought needs to be changed and up-lifted. But I found this hard to do with this particular book. I tried to see it as a story of passion, forgiveness, and progress. Here was a story of a famous doctor incredibly dedicated to his work, and many sought him out, as he was brilliant in his surgery. At the end of the story, it is revealed that this genius of a doctor becomes extremely ill before he goes in to perform his surgeries. All of a sudden, I saw that this man was humbled by this affliction. He had to overcome feeling ill each and every time he performed the duty before him. Talk about overcoming fear! It was at this point in the story that I realized that my friend was asking me a question. A question for all Christian Scientists to answer – if that doctor had called me and asked me to give him a Christian Science treatment so he could perform his duty, would I?

I concluded that I would. Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures in the chapter on Prayer, “Love is impartial and universal its adaptation and bestowals.” Love itself is powerful and impartial and this doctor is ever reflecting all of God’s goodness, wellness, love, and caring. All qualities to be cherished wherever we find them!

Note by Ann Botts: I have had the opportunity throughout my life to share Christian Science with those in the medical field – to share my healings. I have given Science and Health to prayerfully-minded doctors and they have expressed their appreciation. It has been a way of “giving a cup of cold water and never fearing the consequence.” I have many friends in the medical field and I love them for all their efforts to help mankind. No one knows more of the limitations of human efforts than doctors and nurses. And the medical field has been giving more and more credit to the healing effect of prayer, for which I am grateful. When I discuss spiritual healing and/or Christian Science, I have never had a doctor or nurse turn away and not listen.

Article first published October 9, 2012

Update: Who Covers Christian Science Care

Update: Who Covers Christian Science Care

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by Don Ingwerson

Each year I post the current information on who covers Christian Science care – information that the Federal Committee on Publication office has been collecting for the past several years. Here is their latest information:

Various U.S. federal, state, and private health insurance plans provide for the reimbursement of Christian Science nursing care and practitioner treatment. The U.S. Federal Office is actively working to increase the availability of insurance options that cover these types of care. Seventeen Christian Science nursing facilities across the United States are Medicare providers. (Find out which ones from the Commission for Accreditation of Christian Science Nursing Organizations/Facilities, Inc.)

Christian Science services qualify as tax-deductible medical expenses under Section 213(d) of the IRS code. Check out our article on health savings accounts (HSAs) for more information.

By clicking on the links below, you can find a sampling of insurance plans we have on record that accommodate Christian Science care.

If you are aware of other plans we haven’t listed, please be in touch with our Federal office.

Does the health insurance plan offered by your employer not include Christian Science care services? Write to your employer to ask that Christian Science care services be included as a covered benefit!

CBS World Religion Program

CBS World Religion Program

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by Don Ingwerson

Many of you were able to watch the CBS special on world religions aired October 13, 2013 featuring Christian Science as well as Tibetan Buddhism and Jainism. For anyone who missed the program when it aired or for anyone who would like to watch it again, you can watch it by clicking the link to view the program on CBS’s website. Christian Science is the second religion presented and the entire show is about 27 minutes long.