Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday health

What Christmas means for our health

by Eric Nelson

There’s a poignant scene in the animated TV classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” where Charlie Brown, frustrated with the over-commercialization of the holiday, exclaims, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” To this, his trusty sidekick Linus responds by reciting the story of Jesus’ birth as described in the book of Luke:
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men.
“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Victory over victimization

120-J4-RL5LRL43Is there an answer to feelings of vulnerability and powerlessness? My colleague Anna Bowness-Park from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is a regular contributor to the Vancouver Sun and shares an experience of Serena Williams. For anyone thinking about stealing a cell phone, targeting tennis champion Serena Williams as a victim would not be an obvious or wise […]  Read more...
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Getting the self-help that's right for you

What Do You Look for in a Self-Help Book?
A guest post written by Pamela Scott from Poway Rancho Bernardo, California Am I ready to change? I came across this great question posed by author Ann Marie Ludovici, MS, in Change Your Mind, Change Your Health, which I flipped through while in the Health and Wellness section at my local bookstore. There were quite […]   Read more...
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Monday, December 14, 2015

An unexpected blessing

Calamity Leads to Search for Happinessby Don Ingwerson “…[C]alamities drive mortals to seek and to find a higher sense of happiness and existence.” So offers Mary Baker Eddy, a nineteenth-century health researcher. I think any such calamity can impel us to search for happiness. Take the incident I found myself in when my safely-parked car was severely damaged by a […]   Read more...
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

The sounds of Christmas

120-FIYQ45W5by Don Ingwerson For me – and for many others – Christmas is a time of prayer, peace, celebration, and love. What also makes this such a special time of year is the incredible volume of music that has been written and sung to celebrate the Christmas message. One such song is ‘O Holy Night,’ […]  Read more...
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

One step at a time

Spurred on to Find HealingA guest post written by Joan Clark from Redlands, California I recently saw an ad that was obviously meant to startle readers with its size, bold type, and large font: “Got Knee Pain?” While the services offered pain relief, it was clear from the advertisement that there was no attempt to provide a cure. This […]   Read more...
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