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: This past week, HealthCare Continue Reading

The Role of Spirituality in Health Care

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My colleague Eric Nelson is the media and legislative spokesperson for Christian Science in Northern California and has had articles published and featured in numerous newspapers. I thought my Southern California readers would appreciate reading his recent column on consciousness and health. In 2002, Dr. Donald Moss, then president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), decided to devote his entire annual 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

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

A New View on Living Life in the Moment

A New View on Living Life in the Moment

I was racing to be on time for an interview about the merging interests of physicians and chaplains, when I was sidetracked by several signs reading: “Mindful Conference this way.” These signs caught my attention because I wondered if the spiritual mindfulness that I practiced was part of the conference’s discussion. That was a couple of years ago, and now 2014 is the year of Mindful Living. Mindfulness is rocketing in public awareness as a Continue Reading

How To Take It To The Next Level

How To Take It To The Next Level

  My colleague Tim Mitchinson is a health blogger from Illinois, who like many of us, has been inspired by the performances of the Olympians competing in Sochi, Russia. He writes about the health benefits gained in our lives when thought and character is taken to the next level. People all over the world have been enjoying the 2014 Winter Olympics.  We have seen athletes exceed beyond “personal bests”; in Nike’s current campaign, it’s: Continue Reading

New Year’s Revolution: A Shift in How We Think About Health

A New Year's Revolution: A Shift in How We Think About Health

This is the time of year when New Year's resolutions are made by all who hope to make a change - and in Southern California it's no different. My colleague, Steven Salt, gives a fresh view on the concept and says that instead of resolutions, it is time for a revolution. There is something appealing about a fresh start.  No matter what has occurred the preceding day or over the past year, finding within ourselves the courage to begin again Continue Reading

Positive Signs of Improved Health in the US

Positive Signs of Improved Health in the US

Improving health is a continuing goal here in Southern California as well as across the country and around the world. My colleague, Russ Gerber, gives a focused look at where health is today in the US, and the importance of continuing to share and pray about the idea that health is not a condition of matter: For several years now, US Committees have been thinking, praying, conversing, and writing on one subject: health. A single headline in Continue Reading

An Effective Health Care Tool: Prayer

An Effective Health Care Tool: Prayer

by Don Ingwerson Over the years while writing about the efficacy of prayer in healing, I have encountered many who personally experienced the power of prayer. What follows is one such story. A medical doctor wrote up his first-hand account, which was read by a pastor during a Dallas sermon. This is a condensed version: In April 2011, I was working in the emergency department at Parkland Hospital, and the paramedics brought in a fairly young Continue Reading