Monthly Archives: January 2009

Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 2 – What Value Should We Place on Our Health?

Good Health Can Become an Idol

Many of the more recent controversial developments in conventional medicine (cloning, assisted suicide, embryo research) have arisen because some believe that the purpose of life is to promote life itself — and not just any life, but life that is judged by human standards to be valuable or of good quality.

Good health can become the most important thing in a person’s life. Sometimes this is good. Other times it may be harmful.

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Tips on how to decide on a company health insurance plan


By and large, the chance to change insurance plans came and went for many people several months ago. But new employees of companies offering healthcare get a second chance to choose a plan that best suits them in terms of coverage and cost. Note to each of you folks: Don’t blow it. And, here’s a great article from the LA Times that may be of help.

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Want to get healthy? Will exercising 7 minutes a week work? How about 3 minutes?

One of the things people tell me is most difficult for them when it comes to starting to exercise regularly is just getting started. Now a study published in the journal BioMed Central Endocrine Disorders suggests that people unable to meet government guidelines calling for moderate to vigorous exercise 30 minutes a day, or several hours per week, can actually benefit from significantly less exercise.

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Is It a Cold or Sinus Infection? How to Tell the Difference

One of the most common questions I get during my live radio interviews around the country is about the difference between colds and sinus infections and how to treat them. I hope this information will be helpful for you and your family.

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Faith-Based Health and Healing – Part 1 – What does the Bible say about health?

I co-wrote a best-selling and evidence-based book on alternative and complimentary medicine with my good friend, Dónal O’Mathúna, PhD, titled, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook (the options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely). We had a chapter in the book titled Faith-Based Health and Healing. Our goal for the chapter was to review “what the Bible says about health and healing.” This and future posts will excerpt parts of this chapter, starting with this first post:

Health is a major focus today. Many people think of physical wellness when they think about health, but the trend is toward a much broader view, a “holistic” view of health. This acknowledges the many influences on our health and healing — the physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual factors. We now know that many nonphysical factors play an important role in the development of certain illnesses and in keeping us healthy. But, what Does the Bible Say About Health?

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Cheap strategies to improve your health in tough economic times

During difficult economic times, we all have to develop strategies to be better stewards with the money we have. But, tough economic times don’t mean that you have to shortchange your health. Here are some tips how to not only maintain, but improve your health.

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Cold Weather May Raise Your Blood Pressure

Here’s a fact that most people do not know – when the temperature drops outside, blood pressure appears to rise. This information is critical for those with high blood pressure, a family history of high blood pressure, and for older adults. It means that people in both of these groups should have their blood pressure checked once or twice a month during cold weather months.

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Doctor Is Rallying Resistance to the Antivaccine Crazies

A new book defending vaccines, written by a doctor infuriated at the claim that they cause autism, is galvanizing a backlash against the antivaccine movement in the United States. But, according to the New York Times, there will be no book tour for the doctor, Paul A. Offit, author of Autism’s False Prophets. He has had too many death threats.

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What a woman’s heart needs, at every age

Heart disease is the number-one killer of women in the US. While 8 million women have it,  you can take specific steps to protect your heart starting at an early age. What’s more, a new study shows that in recent years the overall heart disease risk for Americans – especially women – h=asn’t continued the healthy downward trend it showed in previous decades. Here are some tips for women of all ages.

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Majority of Docs Believe In Miracles

A new national study among 1,134 physicians revealed that the majority (72%) believe that miracles have occurred in the past and 70% believe that they can occur today. In addition, 69% indicated that religion is a reliable and necessary guide to life. 

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The Silent Scream – Fish feelings and pain in preborn humans


Fish feel pain — at least according to a study by British scientists.  The researchers injected acetic acid or bee venom into the lips of rainbow trout and then watched how the fish behaved. I must admit, I didn’t even know trout had lips. Nevertheless, this is said to be the first study “proving” fish perceive pain. As a result, there are groups rising up to declare anything that causes pain to a fish to be unethical. And as fishing season begins, animal rights groups have a word for all fishermen. 

“We would encourage anglers to lay down their rods. It’s ridiculous that in (modern times) we are still talking about whether fish feel pain — of course they do,” Dawn Carr of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was quoted as saying. PETA, you may remember, opposed using dolphins and sea lions to scout for mines during the Iraq and Gulf War. The group lobbies against any practices that may cause animals harm.

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Debunking The Myth of “Detoxification”

Medical News Today has a report from a group of over 300 young UK scientists and engineers who investigated the evidence behind claims made for products and diets. The group has started a public awareness campaign by publishing a dossier that shows the word “detox” has no meaning outside of the clinical treatment of drug addiction and poisoning.

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Doctors Debate Delayed Vaccine Schedule

There are fears among some parents that the current regimen of infant vaccinations involves too many vaccines too soon. Adding to these fears is Dr. Robert Sears, a pediatrician in Capistrano Beach, Calif., who in October 2007, published “The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child.” Included in Sears’ book was an alternative vaccine schedule that would allow parents to delay – and in some cases completely avoid – many vaccines for their children. Last Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued its updated childhood vaccination schedule, along with an article that deconstructs Sears’ popular and very controversial “delayed vaccine” schedule.

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