Prescriptions That Are Outside the Doctor’s Toolbox

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A guest post written by Ingrid Pechke, media and legislative advocate for Christian Science in Massachusetts Patient-driven care, the mHealth movement, the fact that over a third of the population is willing to pay out of pocket for complementary and alternative medicine–this is today’s health care reality. From the latest health apps on their mobile devices to having direct access to their online medical records, more people are taking Continue Reading

Restoring the Heart to Healthcare

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by Don Ingwerson This blog was originally published April 8, 2013, but I wanted to take another look at the importance of "heart" in healthcare after I read the July 8, 2013 Christian Science Sentinel article titled, "A Perfect Heart." What struck me about that article is the mention that the word heart appears more than 700 times in the KJV Bible, but it almost never references a physical organ! Clearly heart is important as a spiritual Continue Reading

Integrative Medicine: Recognizing our Innate Capacity to Heal


A guest post written by Steve Salt, media and legislative spokesperson for Christian Science in Ohio “What’s up doc?” Seems the buzz around the medical water cooler these days is integrative medicine. Think of you and your integrative medicine physician working “as partners to engage body, mind and spirit in attaining and maintaining optimal health.”  This is how physicians at University of Cincinnati Health describe integrative medicine Continue Reading

Prevention Through the Eyes of a Spinach Skeptic

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by Don Ingwerson The sight of spinach on my dinner plate can – for me – ruin an otherwise good meal. Although I’ve always been told that eating spinach makes you healthy, this does little to change my feelings about the value of it. I’m not sure exactly what would make me reconsider my view of this green, leafy vegetable, but research supporting preventative activities that may lower health care costs and eliminate unnecessary hospital and Continue Reading

All Hands on Deck


by Don Ingwerson One night many years ago while I was serving in the military, the chaplain calmly and quietly told me over the phone that a soldier’s wife had been asphyxiated because of a gas leak in the family housing barracks. He asked me to go immediately to the base hospital and prayerfully support her. You might say that it was a call for “all hands on deck.” In this case it meant that there was only one purpose for us, which was to Continue Reading

Prayer and the Placebo

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by Don Ingwerson When the subject of placebos enters into the conversation, what’s the perception? That the brain can fool the body? That doctors sometimes use it to convince the patient that a substance or pill will change the existing conditions of the body? Are there ethics guiding the use of placebos? The 60 Minutes interview concerning placebos brought to the public an awareness of the existence of the placebo and the effect it has on Continue Reading

Restoring the Heart to Healthcare

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by Don Ingwerson “Mindfulness Meeting This Way” proclaimed a small sign at the entrance of one of the many medical buildings on the UCLA Campus – and suddenly I felt invigorated. I was not there to attend a mindfulness meeting, but to interview the GWish (George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health) project director, Dr. Margaret Stuber, about a Templeton-funded study to promote spirituality and health in medicine and Continue Reading

What Does it Take to Be a Wise Health Consumer?

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A guest post written by Ingrid Peschke, legislative liaison for Christian Science and spirituality in Massachusetts More people are asking themselves this question in part because of the newly mandated healthcare law, or Affordable Care Act, and in part because health care in the United States isn’t exactly delivering on the goods. “We have a disease care system, not a health care system,” says Shannon Brownlee, senior research fellow at Continue Reading

Maintaining Health Through Mandatory Insurance – A Fuzzy Picture

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by Don Ingwerson What comprises good health and how to maintain it can sometimes add up to a fuzzy picture for many of us. A growing number of studies point to the ineffectiveness and inappropriate use of drugs, while over-diagnosis and over-treatment by physicians continue to be a concern. Then there’s the ongoing dialogue about the lifestyle choices we make – the impact of food choices and the value of exercise. But even in these areas, Continue Reading

An Argument for Inclusion of Alternatives in Health Care

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by Don Ingwerson Since complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) include the area of prayer, I  keep abreast of reports that mention CAM. The attached report mentions alternative and complementary medicines. In prior reports, prayer was the leading alternative medicine used by the public (49%). I found this report interesting and I’m sharing it with you. I hope you find the information informative and I am happy to respond to any questions Continue Reading