Is Prayer No More Than A Placebo?

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Healthy thinking has an impact on our lives wherever we live, even here in Southern California. My colleague from Massachusetts, Ingrid Peschke, writes regularly on issues and trends in health care, and here is her recently syndicated blog, posted on Metrowest Daily News.
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Time to Rethink Health Care?

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by Don Ingwerson

Where to start when thinking about health? Everyday there seems to be a new twist on ways to gain the promise of better health or ways to overcome health problems – and many of these ideas seem logical, requiring only modest changes in lifestyle. But it’s easy to get hooked on a new fad, which is soon forgotten when a new idea comes knocking.Continue Reading

To Present a Clear View of Health Care Treatments, Prayer Should Be Included

To Present a Clear View of Health Care Treatments, Prayer Should be Included

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by Don Ingwerson

I’ve found that prayer is crucial to everything I do and believe. So you can imagine how interested I’ve been to find prayer surveyed and reported as part of national studies on alternative and complementary therapies. A 2007 report indicated that 77% of the public used prayer in connection with their health and that prayer was among the 10 most common complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies.Continue Reading

Can Spirituality Help Create a Better Body?

Can Spirituality Help Create a Better Body?

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by Don Ingwerson

I came to the Southern California area in the late 50’s from the Midwest to begin a teaching career. I loved the youthful spirit I found and the encouragement of that “can do” mentality. Today I still feel the winds of that freshness, where people tend to support what they created and they understand that many times progress calls for an innovative approach.Continue Reading

Doctor, Will You Pray With Me?

Doctor, Will You Pray With Me?

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by Don Ingwerson

This question is not new, but it’s taking on a new look. It’s no secret that the public is using prayer for health purposes and that prayer has been reported as the most used integrative medicine. However, this is not so much about whether prayer should be used, but how. What can the patient expect from his physician if he or she – the patient – desires the integrative medicine of prayer?Continue Reading

Health Is Living Beyond Fear

Health is Living Beyond Fear

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by Don Ingwerson

Everyone seems to be affected by fear in some way or another, but looking at fear and its causes isn’t intended to create more fear, but to show that it need not be harmful. Fear is self imposed but so intimately entwined in the individual that it seems as if it were as much a part of the individual as a body part. But let me assure you that you do have a choice with respect to fear.Continue Reading

National Day of Prayer – an Opportunity to Unite in Gratitude

National Day of Prayer - an Opportunity to Unite in Gratitude

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by Don Ingwerson

The National Day of Prayer, observed every first Thursday in May since 1952, is a great time to really stop and contemplate the power of prayer individually and collectively. Prayer may mean different things to different people, but expressions of gratitude, forgiveness, joy, and love allow humanity to reach beyond self toward a greater good.Continue Reading